January 22, 2015

Growing Number of Banks & Credit Unions Catering to Cannabis Industry, But Challenges Remain

By John Schroyer The lack of access to traditional banking services is a constant concern in the cannabis world, but the narrative is finally starting to change. An increasing number [click to continue...]

January 21, 2015

Tribal Marijuana Businesses May Hurt Existing Cannabis Companies, Help Others

By Tony C. Dreibus The possibility that Native American tribes will grow and sell marijuana has some entrepreneurs concerned and others cheering. The Department of Justice said in a December [click to continue...]

January 20, 2015

Fears of Business Bloodletting, Closures as Marijuana Prices Plummet in Washington State

By John Schroyer Washington State’s recreational marijuana market is becoming an exemplar of capitalism at its simultaneous best and worst. After battling a severe shortage of cannabis when retail sales [click to continue...]

January 19, 2015

Chart of the Week: Increasing Pace of Recreational, Medical Marijuana Legalization

By Jennifer Mann If the recent past is any indication, the cannabis industry should be optimistic for legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana at the state level in 2015 [click to continue...]

January 16, 2015

Week in Review: Challenges in New Rec Markets, M&A Deal and Native American MJ Activity

By John Schroyer Alaska and Oregon begin grappling with complex issues tied to recreational cannabis, a fast-rising ancillary firm buys a big stake in another prominent marijuana-related company, and entrepreneurs [click to continue...]

January 15, 2015

After 2014 Boom, Marijuana Investments Poised for Another Big Year

By John Schroyer The rise of recreational cannabis, the federal government’s easing policies on the industry and growing public support helped fuel record investments in the marijuana sector last year. [click to continue...]

January 14, 2015

Guest Column: From Certification to Sales, a Look at How and When Nevada’s MMJ Industry Will Emerge

By Amanda N. Connor In June 2013, the governor of Nevada signed into law a bill allowing for licensed medical marijuana facilities in the state. Scores of entrepreneurs from both [click to continue...]

January 13, 2015

Acquisitions, Consolidation and Building a $10M Business: Q&A With Rec Shop Owner Bruce Nassau

By John Schroyer Bruce Nassau doesn’t think of himself as a typical marijuana business owner. But the former cable television industry insider is doing something right. Nassau partnered with his [click to continue...]

January 12, 2015

Chart of the Week: The Challenging Banking Climate for Marijuana Businesses

By Jennifer Mann The difficulties dispensaries and recreational cannabis stores face on the banking front are well documented. Although the federal government issued guidance early last year on how banks [click to continue...]

January 9, 2015

Week in Review: Big Ruling in Montana, MMJ Suggestions in Seattle & Patient Plunge in Michigan

By John Schroyer A Montana judge rules against the state’s medical marijuana crackdown, Seattle’s city attorney suggests some radical changes to cannabis regulations, and the number of MMJ patients in [click to continue...]

January 8, 2015

An End to Gov’t Meddling in MJ Industry? Impact of Federal Marijuana Legislation Uncertain

By John Schroyer Tucked inside the enormous 1,600-page spending bill Congress passed last month is a key marijuana-related provision that some industry insiders say will bring about the end to [click to continue...]

January 7, 2015

Hiring, Salaries and Consumption Policies: Q&A With Founders of Viridian Staffing

By Tony C. Dreibus Hiring qualified employees is paramount to the success of any business. But finding a high-level executive, top-notch master grower or even a budtender in a nascent [click to continue...]

Final New York Regulations Are As Strict As Feared

New York cannabis entrepreneurs at long last have final regulations to scour. But they may [click to continue...]

Florida MMJ Cultivation Rules Exclude Black Farmers, Group Says

Black farmers in Florida say wording in the state’s MMJ law excludes them from participating [click to continue...]

Potency Isn’t the Future of Cannabis

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As marijuana use broadens across the age and culture spectrum, the products that will get [click to continue...]

Kansas Firm to Design $80,000-a-Year Portal For License Management

A Kansas-based company will build an online portal allowing cannabis business owners to apply for [click to continue...]

Alaska To Allow Edibles, Concentrates After Amendment Fails

Edibles and oils won’t be banned in Alaska when the state’s rec market opens. On [click to continue...]

Leaked Documents Behind Dismissal of OR Official

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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) says Tom Burns, the former head of marijuana programs [click to continue...]

Activity Ramps Up for Tommy Chong’s Cannabusiness Interests

Tommy Chong is expanding his marijuana empire. According to a press release, Bud Genius will [click to continue...]

Helping Marijuana Consumers Find Love

Want to meet someone with whom you can share your life, and your marijuana? There’s [click to continue...]

New York MMJ Program Hampered by ‘Burdensome’ Rules

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A New York Assemblyman who was among the sponsors of the MMJ legalization law says [click to continue...]

Poll: Increasing Majority of CA Voters Support Rec MJ

A study released last week backs up what many in the marijuana industry view as [click to continue...]

CO, WA, OR Attorneys General File Responses to Rec Lawsuit

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman filed a formal response with the U.S. Supreme Court on [click to continue...]

Dispensaries Could Open In Hawaii By Next Year

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Dispensary owners could find their own piece of paradise earlier than previously expected after a [click to continue...]

Firing of Oregon’s MJ Program Head Won’t Delay Rec Rollout

Tom Burns, director of marijuana programs in Oregon, was removed from his post Thursday. According [click to continue...]

CO Legislature Moves To Establish Marijuana Testing References

Under a new bill in the Colorado Legislature, the state would create established testing standards [click to continue...]